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The Jacksons’ Late-Seventies Disco Albums to Be Expanded

The Jacksons’ late-Seventies albums — recorded between the time they ditched the Jackson 5 moniker and Michael Jackson became solo superstar — will get a reappraisal in February in the form of expanded releases.

The group’s The Jacksons (1976), Goin’ Places (1977), and Destiny (1978) will arrive digitally on February 12th with the addition of bonus tracks. A double-LP edition of The Jacksons Live! (1981, recorded on the Triumph tour) will come out on March 25th.

The Jacksons was the group’s first album for Epic after splitting with Motown, and it was their first without Jermaine, who was married to Motown founder Berry Gordy’s daughter Hazel and opted to stay on that label. His younger brother Randy then stepped into the mix. Despite the switch, the album was a hit, later certified gold, thanks to the hits “Enjoy Yourself” and “Show Me the Way You Go.” One of the album’s deep cuts, “Blue Away,” was Michael Jackson’s first-ever solo songwriting credit. The expanded edition of the album adds 7-inch and 12-inch mixes of the big hits, as well as a Dimitri From Paris re-edit of “Living Together.”

Goin’ Places didn’t fare as well on the charts, although the title track reached the Top 10 on the R&B chart. The new edition features the 7-inch mix of that track, as well as “Find Me a Girl” and “Even Though You’re Gone.” Destiny, released a year later, was a bigger hit, later certified platinum. This was thanks to the disco hits “Blame It on the Boogie” and “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground),” which presaged Michael Jackson’s disco reinvention a year later on his Off the Wall solo album. The expanded edition of Destiny contains more singles mixes of the hits, as well as DJ and remixer John Luongo’s disco mixes of the big hits.

The Jacksons Bonus Tracks

“Enjoy Yourself” (7-inch Extended Version)
“Enjoy Yourself” (12-inch Version)
“Show You the Way to Go” (7-inch Version)
“Living Together” (Dimitri From Paris Disco Re-Edit)

Goin’ Places Bonus Tracks

“Goin’ Places” (7-inch Version)
“Find Me a Girl” (7-inch Version)
“Even Though You’re Gone” (7-inch Version)

Destiny Bonus Tracks

“Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground” (7-inch Version)
“Destiny” (7-inch Version)
“Blame It On the Boogie” (12-inch Version John Luongo Disco Mix)
“Shake Your Body (Down To the Ground)” (12-inch Version John Luongo Disco Mix)
“That’s What You Get (For Being Polite) (12-inch Version)
“That’s What You Get (For Being Polite)” (DJ Reverend P Edit)

The Dee Dee Jackson Foundation to receive HOPEE Award

The Dee Dee Jackson Foundation will be receiving one of Mothers In Crisis’ HOPEE (Helping Others Practice Enduring Empowerment) awards during April National Month of Hope this year. Rosalind Tompkins will interview TJ Jackson live on her Think Hope Podcast on February 9, 2021 at 8:00PM EST. In addition to discussing the Dee Dee Jackson Foundation’s mission and vision going forward, they will talk about how he’s coping now and about his new solo music career. 

Paris Jackson drops music video "Eyelids" featuring Andy Hall

Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal 1/3 Scale Statue

float: right;PureArts is extremely proud to announce the premiere product release of the Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal 1/3 Scale Statue under its agreement with Triumph International, Inc., the licensing arm of the Michael Jackson Estate. Posed in his iconic lean from the famous Smooth Criminal short film that premiered on MTV, October 13th, 1988, you won’t want to miss this amazing collectible! This hyper-realistic premium statue with custom-tailored clothing and incredible details will be the centerpiece of any collection. It represents one of the most accurate and highest-quality Michael Jackson statue ever created.
*PUREARTS.COM EXCLUSIVE* Buy theDeluxe Edition or Standard Edition collectibles from the online store to get the 1/3 scale replica of the original vinyl single.
 

New music by Taryll Jackson, TJ Jackson and Tito Jackson

On January 8th, three songs were released by Jacksons! 

 

TJ Jackson releases second solo EP 'Damaged'

In less than a year TJ Jackson has released his first two debut EPs Obsession and Damaged and a total of five official music videos that has garnered over 1 million views on YouTube. In recent months TJ has done national interviews on radio (SIRIUS XM), TV (WGN), press (BET.com) as well as international outlets (BBC Radio Diario Nuevo). Although in person international promotional plans have been delayed due to Covid-19, TJ continues to accumulate a strong and loyal fan base for his solo career that is passionate and excited for his next move. With his next two years of releases already tentatively planned, TJ Jackson is on a mission to make his own mark within the accomplished Jackson family legacy by making music that “will last well beyond today.”

Paris Jackson drops solo debut album 'wilted'

On 30 October 2020 Paris Jackson released her solo debut single and music video “Let Down”, a song that started in her bedroom with just a guitar and is about coping with the heartache after her breakup from Gabriel Glenn. Paris turned her pain into art and describes her ethereal acoustic sound as alternative folk. Now, Paris Jackson's solo debut album wilted with 11 songs is released (13 November 2020) and available on all digital music platforms worldwide. 

Release: 13 November 2020
© 2020 Dragonflower Enterprises, LLC / Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

01. Colide 2:54
02. Undone 4:41
03. Repair 4:16
04. Cosmic 4:10
05. Dead Sea 4:21
06. Let Down 4:16
07. Eyelids 3:25
08. Scorpio Rising 4:07
09. Freight Train 3:11
10. Wilted 4:26
11. Another Spring 4:50

Taryll Jackson drops debut music video(s)

Taryll Jackson dropped his debut music video with an acoustic version of his latest single "Make It Right", as well as a special video version featuring his sons Bryce and Adren! 

Paris Jackson releases solo debut single and music video "Let Down"

Paris Jackson is following in her famous father's footsteps. She released her first solo single and music video, "Let Down," from her upcoming debut album Wilted that will be out November 13th. Paris describes her acoustic sound as alternative folk. "Let Down," a song that she wrote in her bedroom with only her guitar, tells the story of a breakup that was inspired by her own personal life. Paris formed The Soundflowers with musician boyfriend Gabriel Glenn in 2018. They split in August this year.

James Safechuck's case against Michael Jackson dismissed from court

A California judge dismissed, without room to amend, James Safechuck’s claim against Michael Jackson’s corporations. Safechuck, along with Wade Robson, alleged that Michael Jackson’s companies MJJ Ventures and MJJ Productions were responsible for the “most sophisticated child sex abuse operation in history”. Robson and Safechuck are essentially arguing that these companies were formed solely to procure children for Michael Jackson to abuse, and are now seeking financial compensation (of undisclosed numbers) for negligence and inflicted emotional distress. Their attempts to collect financial compensation (despite apparently not wanting money for Leaving Neverland) from the Michael Jackson Estate is what film director Dan Reed says they consider “justice”. However, after 7+ years of claims, not a single corroborating witness has been found to substantiate the claims of Robson or Safechuck.

Their initial cases targeted the Michael Jackson Estate, with Robson arguing that he waited so long to file his lawsuit because he did not know he could sue the Michael Jackson estate. In that case, the judge ruled that “no rational fact-finder could possibly believe” Robson’s sworn statement. The next cases, then targeting MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures, were again dismissed in 2017.

In his recently amended complaint, Judge Young determined that the claims against MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures have not been adequately argued and that Jackson’s corporations could not be held responsible for the alleged actions of Michael Jackson himself. It is Safechuck’s third time being dismissed by a California court. It is also the second judge to review their cases and rule a dismissal. Wade Robson, whose claims and arguments are almost identical to Safechuck, is likely to be dismissed as well. Both men have continuously added to their claims over the years, even though corroborating witnesses and evidence have consistently failed to materialize.

However, even after seven long years of failed litigation, Vince Finaldi (Safechuck and Robson’s lawyer) is likely to file yet another appeal on Safechuck’s behalf. Though Leaving Neverland brought more public attention to James Safechuck and Wade Robson, it has failed to give their claims anymore leeway through the court system as they’d hoped. It is likely, however, that both men will continue to exhaust their options in their quest for financial compensation.

Credit to @MJJRespository on Twitter for court updates and coverage. 

Read the final ruling here: https://mjjr.net/docs/2020-10-20-Final-Ruling-Safechuck-Demurrer.pdf